The High Court on Thursday criticised the ruling Awami League-backed student body Bangladesh Chhatra League for creating anarchy on campuses across the country.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader made the criticism in the hearing of a writ petition filed by M Emdadul Haque, reportedly attacked by Chhatra League leaders at Chittagong University and barred from attending viva for the appointment of lecturers and assistant professors at zoology department.
The bench asked the university vice-chancellor to dispose of in 30 days Emdad’s application for allowing him to sit for the viva.
It also asked the vice-chancellor and the proctor to explain in four weeks their inaction as they took no step to facilitate highest mark scoring candidate Emdadul to sit for the viva for the posts.
The vice-chancellor and the proctor were also asked to explain why they would not be directed to allow Emdadul to sit for the viva.
They were also asked not to complete the appointment process till disposal of the writ petition.
During the hearing, the bench questioned the university administration’s role asking why it took no action against the Chhatra League activists for attacking Emdad to bar him from attending viva to keep the meritorious student out of the appointment.
The bench criticised Chhatra League leaders for creating anarchy at educational institutions across the country in the name of student politics.
It also censured the government for appointing disqualified people to the higher positions at the educational institutions.
Petitioner’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua argued that Emdadul was attacked and his shirt was tore by a group of Chhatra League activists on the campus while he was going to sit for the viva on March 27.
He said that Emdadul secured highest marks in honours and master’s in zoology department’s history.
Jyotirmoy argued that the Chhatra League activists branded him as Shibir activist after he refused to bribe them for the appointment.
He said that the Chhatra League activists handed Emdadul over to the police after beating him up in the presence of university officials but the university took no action against the perpetrators.
As the police found that Emdadul was not involved in Shibir politics, Hathazari police station officials released him in the afternoon on March 27, the lawyer said.
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